Saluki Pride: For Mike Eichholz, service, second-chances and the great outdoors are focuses

Saluki Pride: For Mike Eichholz, service, second-chances and the great outdoors are focuses

A researcher and teacher who focuses on waterfowl and wetlands management, Mike Eichholz values service as one of his main contributions to his work at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. To that end, he volunteers his time and expertise with groups that help set wildlife management policies throughout the state and country.

Saluki Pride: Jim Nelson makes analytics and artificial intelligence understandable, usable and relevant

Saluki Pride: Jim Nelson makes analytics and artificial intelligence understandable, usable and relevant

Jim Nelson, an associate professor and coordinator of the analytics program in the School of Analytics, Finance and Economics and the director of the Pontikes Center for Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, is largely responsible for putting the “analytics” in SIU’s College of Business and Analytics, and he’s introducing analytics and artificial intelligence to students in relevant ways, according to colleagues and students.

Saluki Pride: Justin Young, leader of the Playing for Pets fundraiser, highlights his passion for teaching

Saluki Pride: Justin Young, leader of the Playing for Pets fundraiser, highlights his passion for teaching

Communications studies instructor Justin Young created a video games class at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and received a $3,000 teaching innovation grant from the College of Liberal Arts, which he used to bring more resources and equipment for his new class. In the future, his goals include building a cross-disciplinary study of video games at SIU, similar to how people study film or literature.